166: How To Be 2x As Productive With Your Team

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About two weeks ago, my wife and I moved into a 100-year-old bungalow here in Austin, Texas. When you decide to move into an older house you expect certain things aren’t going to work. Each day you add to a checklist of all the things you’re going to need to fix.

That’s the easy part. The hard part is getting the right people to fix what’s broken.

In addition to managing my team here at Brand Growth Experts and producing the Ecommerce Influence podcast, I’ve been coordinating electricians, plumbers, and painters to fix things at our house. Construction workers in Austin are so busy right now that getting people to show up is like herding cats. It’s been a lot of work and inspired today’s episode about managing a team.

In this episode, I’m going to walk through the framework I use to accomplish more with my team in much less time. Enjoy!

Episode Highlights

  • 6:10 The Scrum methodology and how it works for Product Management.
  • 8:12 Step 1: The Data Dump: Getting all of your ideas on paper.
  • 9:56 Step 2: Identifying the roles of your organization and their responsibilities related to the project.
  • 13:42 Step 3: Weeding through and prioritizing all of your projects.
  • 16:00 Step 4: How to break down the steps needed to complete the project(s).
  • 21:50 Step 5: Preparing for the sprint and defining the size of the tasks to complete the project within the sprint goal.
  • 26:45 Step 6: Daily check-ins and the 3 questions each team member needs to answer during the check-in.
  • 28:20 Step 7: Sprint review, also known as the show & tell of the project sprint.
  • 29:31 Step 8: Reviewing the sprint, deciding if the project is done, and what to do if it’s incomplete.
  • 30:19 The one part of Scrum you should never skip.

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